Dr. Dawn Ericsson, M.D.

Dr. E’s Women’s Health Update:  Optimizing adrenal function to support weight loss  
Hormones from the adrenal gland impact multiple body functions, and can be an important part of weight loss efforts. 

Hello friends, 

Your adrenal glands play a crucial role in your body’s response to stress and the regulation of various essential functions, including metabolism, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. When the adrenal glands are functioning optimally, they produce hormones such as cortisol, which is involved in the body’s stress response. 

What does this have to do with weight gain? Chronic stress or imbalances in adrenal function can potentially contribute to weight gain through various mechanisms:

Cortisol and insulin:
Elevated cortisol levels, which can occur in response to chronic stress, can influence insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels. This can lead to increased insulin production, potentially promoting fat storage and weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area.
Appetite regulation:
Cortisol can influence appetite and food cravings, leading to an increased intake of high-calorie, unhealthy foods in some individuals. This can contribute to weight gain and difficulties in maintaining a healthy diet.
Metabolic rate:
Prolonged exposure to high levels of cortisol can potentially affect metabolic rate, leading to a decrease in energy expenditure and making it more challenging to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Fat distribution:
associated with an increased risk of various health issues, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
To support healthy adrenal function and promote weight management, it's essential to implement strategies that help reduce and manage stress levels, such as:
Regular exercise:
Engaging in regular physical activity can help reduce stress and promote overall well-being.
Stress management techniques:
Incorporating stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices can help reduce cortisol levels and support adrenal health.
Balanced diet:
Consuming a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods can help support adrenal function and promote overall health.
Adequate sleep:
Getting enough quality sleep is crucial for supporting adrenal health and maintaining a healthy weight.

If you suspect that imbalances in adrenal function are contributing to weight gain or other health issues, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional at AgeRejuvenation. We can assess your adrenal function, evaluate your overall health, and provide guidance on appropriate lifestyle modifications and treatment options to support adrenal health and facilitate professional medical weight loss and management.

Let’s talk about it. Click here or call 844.907.2476 to schedule a call today to discuss the many options available at AgeRejuvenation to help you live your best life.